Green has become the color du jour in recent years, popping up in kitchens and living rooms in various hues from emerald and acid. Much of this resurgence has to do with its natural qualities, evoking evergreen forests, verdant gardens, and paradisal palms. In 2020, when we were all sequestered due to shelter-in-place mandates, these bring-the-outdoors-in colors were more popular than ever.
The hue has a long history. But it wasn’t always something you wanted in your house—in 1775, an emerald color known as Scheele’s Green was all the rage. The catch? This beloved pigment was made with arsenic; one laced wallpaper was rumored to have caused the death of Napoleon Bonaparte. Nowadays, of course, green is completely safe to use in paints, wallpapers, curtains, and furnishings. So what pairs best with this natural tone? We polled interior designers on their favorite ways to incorporate green in their projects, from statement-making dining rooms to serene offices.
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